April 7, 2015 General Meeting

Tommie Clayton, Master Gardener specialist in composting, will describe how to start, maintain and use on our plants!

9:30 am at Zilker Garden Center

AHS Members Spice Up Zilker Garden Festival Zilker Garden Festival is just around the corner, and Herb Society members are adding zest to every part of the garden. Come out and join us Saturday, March 28th and Sunday, March 29th.

Long time AHS member Cathy Slaughter will be the featured speaker at the 11:00 Garden Talk on Saturday. Her topic will be "Designing an Organic Herb Garden". Cathy is owner of Gabriel Valley Farms and has served AHS as Vice President of Programming, newsletter editor, and chairman of HerbFest. You can read her bi-monthly column in Homegrown Magazine.

AHS volunteers will also be found manning the Spring Plant Sale booth located near the herb garden. This event is a major fundraiser for our club, so when you visit, plan to purchase your spring herbs or pick up a plant marker.

Volunteers at the AHS booth will also be stamping kid's fans to help them collect a prize.

Other members are volunteering by driving golf carts, taking tickets at the gate, and directing visitors to the sights and sounds of the festival.


A Little AHS History

Ahead of her time, Austin Herb Society founder Alta Dodds Niebur was an herbalist who was passionate about herbs, their uses and cultivation. Alta often referred to her yard as her "library" and incorporated herbs into landscaping long before the trend caught on. Invited to speak at a friend's garden club meeting, Alta met a group of like-minded folks sharing their knowledge and talents. An inspired Alta and 25 others formed a new club, the Austin Herb Society, and held their first meeting Oct. 4, 1983, in the same Austin Area Garden Center structure we use today. The founding members hosted guest speakers, organized field trips, scheduled educational programs, cooking demonstrations, and tours of the members' gardens. Those same activities are still part of the Austin Herb Society's commitment to the community.


Zilker Botanical Garden
2220 Barton Spgs Rd.
Austin, TX 78746

Mission Statement

Provide education and encourage the cultivation and use of herbs for their beneficial purposes: medicinal, culinary, aromatic, as well as landscaping. Provide charitable and volunteer support to our non-profit community and community projects.

The Austin Herb Society, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) member- supported, nonprofit operating under the umbrella of the Austin Area Garden Council.